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Title: Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement : Interim Operational Plan (IOP) for Protection of the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville District.
Keywords: Environmental protection
Endangered species
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville District.
Abstract: This Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) supplements the 2002 Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Interim Operational Plan (IOP) for protection of the Cape Sable seaside sparrow (CSSS), and responds to comments received on the 2006 Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) coordinated with agencies and the public between July 3 and August 17, 2006. Alternative 7R was the alternative recommended in the 2002 IOP FEIS, coordinated May 4-June 3, 2002. The Record of Decision (ROD) selecting Alternative 7R was signed in July 2002, and the system has been operating under IOP since August 2002. Hydrologic modeling of Alternative 7R was completed in October 2002, after the FEIS and ROD. Because operations under Alternative 7R were similar to those modeled under Alternative 7, agencies generally endorsed Alternative 7R pending later review of model outputs, which were expected to confirm the analysis of impacts. Model results for Alternative 7R were posted to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps or USACE) website following the ROD in 2002, but the FEIS was not supplemented at that time. By an order issued in March 2006 by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, resolving a lawsuit by the Miccosukee Tribe regarding the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance and other matters related to IOP, the Corps was required to issue a supplement to its 2002 FEIS. This FSEIS discusses IOP Alternative 7R model output, structural features of Alternative 7R, and actual operations since IOP began in 2002. Structural features unique to Alternative 7R include pump stations S-356 and S-332C, degrading 4 miles of L-67 levee extension, and three new impoundment basins at S-332B, C, and D. Construction features of Alternative 7R were first authorized under the Modified Water Deliveries (MWD) Project as described in the 1992 General Design Memorandum (GDM) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), and under the C-111 Project as described in the 1994 Integrated General Reevaluation Report and EIS (GRR/EIS). Construction features differ somewhat from the conceptual designs in the referenced reports. The new pump stations were built as interim structures for use in protecting sparrow habitat during the wet seasons, subject to further design in conjunction with associated seepage reservoirs that are being constructed. Alternative 7R incorporated the system operations of Alternative 7 and the Water Control Plan (WCP) for WCA-3A, providing for emergency operations in anticipation of high rainfall events. In conjunction with this supplemental NEPA documentation, the Corps has re-initiated consultation under Section 7 of the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for endangered species, including the snail kite and CSSS and received a Biological Opinion (BO) November 17, 2006. In the BO, the FWS concluded that continued operation of IOP Alternative 7R is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the CSSS, Everglade snail kite, or wood stork and is not likely to destroy or adversely modify designated critical habitat for the CSSS or Everglade snail kite.
Description: Environmental Impact Statement
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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